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“ Optimism is a tonic. Pessimism is poison. Admittedly, every businessman must be realistic. He must gather facts, analyze them candidly and strive to draw logical conclusions, whether favorable or unfavorable. He must not engage in self-delusion. He must not view everything through rose-colored glasses. Granting this, the incontestable truth is that America has been built up by optimists, not by pessimists, but by men possessing courage, confidence in the nation’s destiny, by men willing to adventure to shoulder risks terrifying to the timid. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Happiness is normally the prime search of every rational human being. One way to derive increasing happiness during the year we have just entered is to strive diligently to promote the happiness of others, to think of them first, yourself second. Happiness is the greatest tonic, the greatest elixir, of all. Worry is among the worst poisons. One sensible New Year resolution: I will do my utmost to have consideration for others, to exercise usefulness, to radiate happiness, to conquer worrying over things I cannot possibly remedy. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Temporary release from work, through vacations, becomes more welcome, more pleasurable, even more necessary, as we grow older. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ First make sure that what you aspire to accomplish is worth accomplishing, and then throw your whole vitality into it. What’s worth doing is worth doing well. And to do anything well, wheter it be typing a letter or drawing up an agreement involving millions, we must give not only our hands to the doing of it, but our brains, our enthusiasm, the best – all that is in us. The task to which you dedicate yourself can never become a drudgery. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ A business like an automobile, has to be driven, in order to get results. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Many a man has walked up to the opportunity for which he has long been preparing himself, looked it full in the face, and then begun to get cold feet… when it comes to betting on yourself and your power to do the thing you know you must do or write yourself down a failure, you’re a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ If you do the best and the most you can today, don’t worry about tomorrow. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ To succeed, we must have the will to succeed, we must have stamina, determination, backbone, perseverance, self-reliance, and faith. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Here’s a pointer culled from the careers of men who have attained notable success: Don’t sit in your office during the hours prospects can be seen. Do your office work before or after the hours during which possible customers can be reached. This may mean adding an hour or two quite often to your day’s work; but in times like this particularly, the securing of a satisfactory amount of business through the expenditure of an extra hour or two a day is not an unreasonable price to pay. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Use life to provide something that outlasts it. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed ‘dignity’ to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up! ”- B. C. Forbes

“ If a pig could pray, it would pray for swill. What do you pray for? ”- B. C. Forbes

“ A willing, cheerful worker, with his heart in his job, will turn out more work and more satisfactory work in 44 hours than an unwilling worker, dissatisfied with his conditions, will turn out in 54 hours. It is good business, therefore, for every employer to go as far as he possibly can in reaching a schedule agreeable to his people. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ How we love to blame others for our misfortunes! Almost every individual who has lost money in stock speculation has on the tip of his tongue an explanation which he trots out to show that it wasn’t his own fault at all…. Hardly one loser has the manliness to say frankly, “I was wrong. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Christmas moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves & directs our thoughts to giving. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Have you a vision? And are you undeviatingly pressing and pushing toward its accomplishment? Dreaming alone will not get you there. Mix your dreams with determination and action. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ A word of appreciation often can accomplish what nothing else could accomplish. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The man who works 52 weeks in the year does not do his best in any one week of the year, Daniel Guggenheim, onetime head of the greatest smelting and mining family in America, impressed upon me. Real recreation quickens aspiration. The true purpose of recreation is not merely to amuse, not merely to afford pleasure, not merely to kill time, but to increase our fitness, enhance our usefulness, spur achievement. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The young man who addresses himself in stern earnest to organizing his life-his habits, his associations, his reading, his study, his work-stands far more chance of rising to a position affording him opportunity to exercise his organizing abilities than the fellow who dawdles along without chart or compass, without plan or purpose, without self-improvement and self-discipline. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Courtesy is doing that which nothing under the sun makes you do but human kindness. Courtesy springs from the heart; if the mind prompts the action, there is a reason; if there be a reason, it is not courtesy, for courtesy has no reason. Courtesy is good will, and good will is prompted by the heart full of love to be kind. Only the generous man is truly courteous. He gives freely without a thought of receiving anything in return. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The way to make a true friend is to be one. Friendship implies loyalty, esteem, cordiality, sympathy, affection, readiness to aid, to help, to stick, to fight for, if need be. … Radiate friendship and it will return sevenfold. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can’t help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won’t want to worry. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don’t put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ When the worms are scarce, what does a hen do? Does she stop scratching? She does not. She scratches all the harder. A lot of businessmen have been showing less sense than a hen since orders became scarce. They have laid off salesmen; they have stopped or reduced their advertising; they have simply resigned themselves to inaction and, of course, to pessimism. If a hen knows enough to scratch all the harder when the worms are scarce, surely businessmen … ought to have gumption enough to scratch all the harder for business. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The man who is bigger than his job keeps cool. He does not lose his head, he refuses to become rattled, to fly off in a temper. The man who would control others must be able to control himself. There is something admirable, something inspiring, something soul-stirring about a man who displays coolness and courage under extremely trying circumstances. A good temper is not only a business asset. It is the secret of health. The longer you live, the more you will learn that a disordered temper breeds a disordered body. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one’s own inferiority. It is a mental cancer. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ A big business man was telling Henry Ford about a coach driver of super-expertness with his whip. The driver was telling how he could flick a fly off his horse’s ear with his whip-and, a fly alighting just then, he promptly did so. Next he spied a grasshopper beside the road, and he flicked it off with equal dexterity. A little further along the road the passenger noticed an insect on a bush, and nudged the driver to get him. Not on your life, replied the master of the whip. That there insect is a hornet sitting on his nest with an organization behind him. I leave him alone. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ To make headway, improve your head. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Thomas Edison reads not for entertainment but to increase his store of knowledge. He sucks in information as eagerly as the bee sucks honey from flowers. The whole world, so to speak, pours its wisdom into his mind. He regards it as a criminal waste of time to go through the slow and painful ordeal of ascertaining things for one’s self if these same things have already been ascertained and made available by others. In Edison’s mind knowledge is power. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ That which is useless dies. Animals that fail to serve some useful purpose in the scheme of things slowly but surely become extinct. Let any part of the human body cease to perform its ordained function, and it withers-as when an arm is kept long in a sling. This same decree, that nothing useless is permitted to survive, runs through the mind of the industrial world. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is the greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw from within. And the man or woman who has a star toward which to press cannot be thrown off the course, no matter how the world may try, no matter how far things seem to be wrong. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The majority of America’s colossal fortunes have been made by entering industries in their early stages and developing leadership in them…. Think of what opportunities the present and the future contain in such fields as ship-building and ship-owning, aircraft, electrical development, the oil industry, different branches of the automotive industry, foreign trade, international banking, invention, the chemical industry, moving pictures, color photography, and, one night add, labor leadership. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ You have no idea how big the other fellow’s troubles are. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The man who is too busy to read is never likely to lead. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day-to-day affairs that they had no time for friend-making…. They may flatter themselves that their unrelaxing concentration on business constitutes patriotism of the highest order. They may tell themselves that the existing emergency will pass, and that they can then adopt different, more sociable, more friendly habits. [But] such a day is little likely to come for such individuals. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The man who has done his level best… is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Kill time and you will kill your career. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Bragging often precedes begging. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ It is a great mistake for presidents and other leading executives of organizations having branches throughout the country to chain themselves to their desks at headquarters and send out rigid instructions to those in charge of distant branches and offices. Because a man sits in a palatial office in New York or Chicago or Philadelphia or Detroit and draws a big salary, it does not necessarily follow that he knows better than the man on the spot what ought to be done…. Paul, Caesar, Napoleon did not merely sit at home and issue long-range instructions. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ We must learn that to enjoy happiness we must conscientiously and continuously seek to spread happiness. Selfishness is suicidal to happiness. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The most famous self-made man in the world today is our own Edison. Talk with Mr. Edison and he will tell you he owes much if not most of his success to omnivorous reading. Forbes is one of his favorite publications. How closely he reads it can be gathered from a letter just received from him in which he asks the editor to forward a long analytical letter to the writer of a series of articles which contained two figures Mr. Edison questions, and he wants to know exactly on what authority or investigation they were based. Both letters were the product of Mr. Edison and were signed by him. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The Christmas spirit brings home to us-or should bring home to us-the profound Biblical truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Anything which inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that. I am all for Christmas. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Golf is an ideal diversion, but a ruinous disease. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Upon our children-how they are taught-rests the fate-or fortune-of tomorrow’s world. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Uncertainty hurts business. It annoys individuals. Why keep the whole country, including business and individuals, in uncertainty over the extent of the tax burdens to be placed upon us? How many of those who voted for Calvin Coolidge imagined for a moment that would do nothing to bring about tax relief before 1926?…. But if the Administration persists in opposing a special session then it will inevitably be 1926 before action is taken…. Coolidge and Congress should ease our minds and grease our activities by reforming and reducing taxation as soon as feasible after March 4. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher. The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism… Resist growing up! ”- B. C. Forbes

“ The victors of the battles of tomorrow will be those who can best harness thought to action. From office boy to statesman, the prizes will be for those who most effectively exert their brains, who take deep, earnest and studious counsel of their minds, who stamp themselves as thinkers. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Ugliness, squalor are breeding grounds for revolution. Beauty is conducive to tranquillity, happiness. Beautifying of homes and places of worship began with the dawn of civilization. Beautifying of workplaces is only in its infancy. Yet, since men normally spend more than half of their waking hours at work, surely it is important that adequate attention be devoted to elevating their working environment, whether office or factory, foundry or machine shop, mine or warehouse. Beautiful surroundings subtly encourage beautiful living. Drab surroundings, bad air, bad light, evoke bad reactions. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Accuse American businessmen of being responsible for radicalism and they would indignantly deny the accusation. Yet, in one fundamental sense, they are responsible. They are responsible in the sense that they have utterly neglected to take part in the work and the organization which precede the choosing of candidates for political office. Local political organizations all over the land are conducted and controlled, as a rule, by politicians…. Businessmen have shirked such responsibilities, leaving an untrammeled field to others less capable of carrying on the administration of government. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Are you doing the kind of work you were built for, so that you can expect to be able to do very large amounts of that kind and thrive under it? Or are you doing a kind of which you can do comparatively little. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self- denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Genius is often a short way of spelling hard work. Poverty, obscurity, struggle and ambition formed the foundation for many careers of transcendent achievement. Few marks are made in the world’s history by eight-hour-day men…. Sir Joshua Reynolds had but one maxim for success: Work, work, work. Is not rigid and continuous training necessary for the making of strong athletes? Hard work is not fatal to real success. Vouloir c’est pouvoir. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ There is no fun equal to the satisfaction of doing one’s best. The things that are most worthwhile in life are really those within the reach of almost every normal human being who cares to seek them out. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Time mends all, ends all things earthly. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Enthusiasm is the electric current that keeps the engine of life going at top speed. Enthusiasm is the very propeller of progress. ”- B. C. Forbes

“ Madame Curie didn’t stumble upon radium by accident. She searched and experimented and sweated and suffered years before she found it. Success rarely is an accident. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ It’s so much easier to do good than to be good. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Is America becoming decadent? Do we no longer regard our promises and pledges as sacred? … We promised to make peace with Germany only in conjunction with the Allies; but we brought forward a separate peace, demanding for ourselves all the advantages of the Treaty of Versailles but rejecting all the responsibilities embodied in the Treaty. It was America’s President who induced Europe to form a League of Nations; and then America was the first country that refused to joint it…. If these are not the symptoms of national decadency, what are they? ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ There are two brands of discontent: the brand that merely fosters greed and snarling and back-biting, and the brand that inspires greater and greater effort to reach the desired goal. Which is your brand? ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Whenever calamity howlers shake their heads and impress upon you that this, that, and the next dire catastrophe is to befall this nation or the nations of the world-such as, for example, that exhaustion of the world’s oil supply will bring all transportation and machinery to a standstill through lack of lubrication, or that exhaustion of the earth’s stores of coal will make life unlivable in these cold climates-just smile and reply that the worst troubles of all are those that never happen [and] that you prefer not to cross shaky bridges until you come to them. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ I have never seen people who could do real work except under the stimulus of encouragement and enthusiasm and the approval of the people for whom they are working. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Opportunity can benefit no man who has not fitted himself to seize it and use it. Opportunity woos the worthy, shuns the unworthy. Prepare yourself to grasp opportunity, and opportunity is likely to come your way. It is not so fickle, capricious and unreasoning as some complain. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ If the World War [I] demonstrated anything it was that government ownership is fraught with the gravest dangers and usually leads to disaster. Take Britain. The two problems which have caused the greatest trouble since the war ended have been transportation and coal. The government seized both industries when the war broke out. It got them into such a hopeless mess that it does not know how to turn [In] coal; the government now realizes, it took hold of the tail of a wild animal and is afraid to let go. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Real riches are the riches possessed inside. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ A shady business never yields a sunny life. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Frank W. Woolworth once told me that the turning-point in his career did not come until he was thrown flat on his back by illness. He was sure that his business would go to pieces during his long, enforced absence. Instead, he discovered that he had in his employ men who could overcome difficulties when given power to exercise initiative. After that Woolworth left many problems and difficulties to be solved by subordinates and turned his attention to big things. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful [business] giants and, if you know anything about their careers, you will be struck by the fact that almost every one of them encountered inordinate difficulties sufficient to crush all but the gamest of spirits. Edison went hungry many times before he became famous. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Anything that inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that. I am all for Christmas. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ There’s no such thing as a self-made man. I’ve had much help and have found that if you are willing to work, many people are willing to help you. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Timing is everything. Tell me how a young man spends his evenings and I will tell you how far he is likely to go in the world. The popular notion is that a youth’s progress depends upon how he acts during his working hours. It doesn’t. It depends far more upon how he utilizes his leisure…If he spends it in harmless idleness, he is likely to be kept on the payroll, but that will be about all. If he diligently utilizes his own time…to fit himself for more responsible duties, then the greater responsibilities – and greater rewards – are almost certain to come to him. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Are your desires purely selfish? Do your tastes run to a grand home, automobiles, fine clothes, an abundance of amusements, and so forth? If so, look around you at people who have such things in superabundance. Are they any happier, do you think, than you are? Are they any better morally? Are they any stronger physically? Are they better liked by their friends than you are by your friends? … Carnegie said, Millionaires rarely smile. This is substantially true. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ It is well for civilization that human beings constantly strive to gain greater and greater rewards, for it is this urge, this ambition, this aspiration that moves men and women to bestir themselves to rise to higher and higher achievement. Individual success is to be won in most instances by studying and diagnosing the kind of rewards human hearts seek today and are likely to seek tomorrow. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Which class is happiest, the rich, the middle class or the poor? A very successful executive of a large organization touches upon this vital subject in a long letter to all his salesmen. He uses as his text a passage from Robinson Crusoe which included this: “”My Father bid me observe it, and I should always find that the calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters, and were not exposed to so many vicissitudes as the higher or lower part of mankind. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ How many men I know who are earning dollars aplenty, but who are really earning little of what counts. They are so overwhelmingly engrossed in business that they get nothing from their dollars. The Juggernaut of dollar-making has crushed out of them every capacity for genuine enjoyment, every grace, every unselfish sentiment and instinct. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The man of fixed ingrained principles who has mapped out a straight course, and has the courage and self-control to adhere to it, does not find life complex. Complexities are all of our own making. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues. It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Honesty is the cornerstone of character. The honest man or woman seeks not merely to avoid criminal or illegal acts, but to be scrupulously fair, upright, fearless in both action and expression. Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Justice must be blind to the hardness or softness of a man’s hands, as well as to the leanness or fatness of his pocketbook ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Are soft-hearted people handicapped in business? You have heard a businessman say of someone else, He’s all right, but he’s too soft-hearted…. To be soft-hearted may be handicapping, in a sense. But on the whole, a soft heart is to be preferred to a hard heart. Hard-hearted, severe, dominating giants sometimes manage to get further and to amass more money. But they get less genuine joy out of life…. It is the hard-boiled employer, not the soft-hearted species, that incites most of our strikes and does most to endanger the harmonious progress of democracy. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Whimpering never kept a leaking vessel from foundering. Vigorously manning the pumps has. Get busy with your head and hands, not your chin. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ An idea, like a machine, must have power applied to it before it can accomplish anything. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The man who is cocksure that he has arrived is ready for the return journey. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ If the deal isn’t good for the other party, it isn’t good for you. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiselingand scraping and polishing. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ To get the most out of the world one must conscientiously strive to put the most into it. Life without worthy ideals becomes wholly unsatisfying, sour. If our supreme objective is to serve, no blow fate may administer can daunt us. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes

“ Work done with little effort is likely to yield little result. ”- Bertie Charles Forbes